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Ask the expert: How can I ensure residents are meeting the systems-based practice and professionalism competencies?

Residency Program Insider, February 25, 2008

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A great way to give residents interesting educational opportunities in the systems-based practice and professionalism competencies is to encourage and facilitate their participation in hospital and medical staff committees. Here are some ways to overcome common hurdles to this goal: 

  • Encourage residents with a real interest in a committee agenda to volunteer or select a resident who might be interested
  • Work with the committee chair or staff to schedule meetings when residents are likely to attend 
  • Coordinate with committee chair or staff on notifying and reminding residents of meetings
  • Advise each attending when they should relieve a resident of clinical duties to attend meetings
  • Ask the residents for feedback, perhaps during the GMEC meeting, about their committee experiences, especially as a learning opportunity
  • Reward residents for their participation, even if you just write a letter to add to the file

More information about engaging residents in committee meetings can be found in Insider's Guide to ACGME Site Visit, Second Edition, by Kathryn Andolsek, MD, MPH, and Shepard Cohen, available here.



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